Yes, I know, it's extremely late, but I really couldn't start blogging in 2013 without recapping on my favourite products of 2012. They always say it's better late than never, right?
2012 was a big year in skincare for me. Having had problems with acne in the past, clear, healthy skin is something I don't take for granted, and the French certainly know how to look after your skin! Removing your make up is the first step in any good skincare routine and I adore Bioderma Créaline H20 Solution for this as it literally removes every trace of make up from the day. I bought my bottle from Paris in August last year and it'll be a sad day when this runs out as it's expensive to purchase online. Another product I picked up in Paris is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, which is just heavenly as an instant refresher or toner. My last French favourite is L'Occitane's Almond Shower Oil, which smells absolutely divine. I like to use this for shaving my legs as I don't think I've used another product that gives a closer shave nor irritates my legs. In cleansers, I loved the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm as this is one of those products that feels so rich and luxurious on the skin. Whilst amazing at removing make up, it also deeply cleanses the skin, leaving it feel so supple and smooth. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream has been another favourite discovery of 2012. This product brightens the eyes like no other, making it a lovely base before applying make up. REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask is probably the best face mask I've ever used. I wish I could eat this product, it smells so good! Leaving your skin with a nice complexion is always a bonus too. Last, but not least in the skincare front, is Soap & Glory's Pulp Friction Foamy Fruity Body Scrub. This scrub is so gorgeous smelling and combined with L'Occitane's Almond Shower Oil, my legs are left so silky smooth! The name is coolest ever (huge Quentin Tarantino fan here) and I love that it's in a tube instead of tub, as it's much more convenient and less messy.
In make up, there were one or two items from each category I loved. No doubt my absolute favourite foundation of last year was NARS Sheer Glow, which I've raved on about a couple of times on my blog, so I won't go into too much detail. Don't let the name fool you - it may feel like a sheer foundation, but it's actually medium to full coverage, which feels so lovely and light on the skin. After owning a couple of powder and cream highlighters each and one liquid, I told myself I didn't need anymore, until I saw these two being raved on about. Naturally, I gave in, and I'm so glad I did. Topshop's Crescent Moon and MAC's Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle are both so gorgeous. Crescent Moon is more of a sheen, whereas Soft & Gentle is more shimmery. My last cheek product is Benefit's Coralista Blush. I love peachy colours and I love shimmer, so of course, this is perfect! I had been looking at Benefit blushes for a while before I just went, "Fuck it. I'm on holiday" and went ahead and bought it. When you're on holiday, you're allowed to over indulge, I think! I've mainly stuck to the same eye make up routine for a few years now, the only difference is that I now fill in my eyebrows! I can't believe I never did this before. I have thick, filled in eyebrows already, but filling them in a little bit more gives a much more polished and finished look. I use MAC's Brun eyeshadow with a 263 brush and then Anastasia Tinted Blow Gel in Espresso to hold them in place. There was one eyeshadow that I fell in love with and that's Mushroom by Urban Decay. I love my pewter/grey/brown shimmery eyeshadows and this one is so perfect. I'm finding it hard to tear away from this eyeshadow and give some love to my others!
I really got into wearing more lip products in 2012 whether it be bold lipsticks or lip glosses. I love my coral colours and Chanel's Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in #52 Génie is such a beautiful lip gloss. I know a lot of girls hate lip gloss, but I love the shine and it's lovely when I want a bit more of an undone look. When I can't be bothered with maintaining lipstick on a night out, YSL Volupté Sheer Candy in #10 is my go to product. For work, I love Dior's Lip Glow Colour Reviver Balm as I just want easy, simple make up. I love that these YSL and Dior lip products are sheer and easy to maintain. When I am wearing lipstick though, I love MAC's lip pencils to help make it last longer throughout the night. One I've been especially loving is Beet, which I've worn on quite a few occasions as I love vampy red lips. With nails, it's hard for me to choose because I am constantly changing colours and I just love them all! Two favourites I bought last year that I keep going back to are, however, Essie's Neo Whimsical (love that name!) and Spa Ritual's Thunder Road. I really got into pastels last year, especially purple, and I don't see myself getting bored of it any time soon. In haircare, by far my standout product was the Tangle Teezer. My Lord, how did I go so long without one?! My hair is very thick and gets knotty easily and I used to always dread combing it because it would take forever and hurt my poor scalp. Not anymore though. I can now smoothly run my fingers through my hair in less than half the time and it doesn't hurt at all! It is literally a miracle. Plus, mine is purple and glittery!
Lastly, brushes. I think it's safe to say the Real Techniques brushes by Samantha Chapman took the world by storm in 2012. As I do with all things beauty, I gave into the hype and picked up my first ones in Boots when I was in London last year. I then picked up the blush and lash-brow groomer brush when I got back home from Priceline. By far my favourites are these plus the buffing brush for foundation and the detailer brush. I love the blush brush because it's so big and I love big, rosy cheeks! I love my blush and I feel so naked without it.